The big day has come and gone. I’m officially 30!
I really thought I would feel so much different, but I can’t really say that I do. I suppose the transgression from 20s to 30s takes time. Many people have asked me why I’m so excited to be 30. I suppose the reason stems back to a conversation I had with my dear friend Sarah. Both Sarah and I had turbulent 20s. Life was much more complicated, difficult, and challenging than we had ever expected. An older colleague explained that her 30s had brought balance and stability, something her 20s never could provide. I think that’s what I’m longing for in turning 30. Balance and stability with a bit of predictability thrown in the mix. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy spontaneity or a friendly surprise, I just don’t enjoy so very many life-altering “surprises” in one decade.
So 30 seems like a wonderful decade filled with possibility and the chance to begin anew. I finally feel more like an adult. I know many people want to avoid growing up, but I’ve always been a bit of an old soul, and 30 seems to fit a little better than 20. Maybe my students’ parents will eventually stop telling me I look like I could be a student (ahem, I teach middle school! I would venture to say that I do NOT look like I am 12 or 13! Good grief).
I tried to take a photo every hour of my 30th birthday, but I cleaned the house for several hours in the afternoon, and that seemed like a sad, lame thing to photograph on one’s 30th birthday. So, I captured a few of my favorite moments throughout the day and the days that followed, because the celebration is still continuing!!!
On my actual birthday I slept in 25 minutes, which was glorious, and drove to work alongside a beautiful sunrise. I worked a half-day to finish off the quarter, planned for next quarter, ran errands, and cleaned the house. I was reminded that I have some very generous and wonderful friends – I received four bouquets of flowers!!! My construction-zone kitchen looked much brighter all day long. I did spend the night out on the town with one of my closest friends, Kristin, so I was able to dance my was into my third decade, which seemed very fitting.
Sadly, Ian was out-of-town on my actual birthday. We made dinner reservations at The Kitchen in Denver for the day after and enjoyed a truly magnificent meal. I’m totally fine with an extended birthday celebration! Sunday we spent the afternoon with Ian’s family celebrating his Step-dad Neil’s 67th birthday and my 30th birthday. My mother-in-law gave a beautiful, eloquent speech and toasted to both the birthday girl and boy, and Ian’s Grandy made my favorite lemon tart dessert. Yum!
I spent nearly four days visiting my family in Reno. It’s always to nice to see my family! Fall was certainly in the air and beautiful fall colors filled the scenery. My mom watches my nephew Oliver three days a week while my brother and sister-in-law work. We took little Olly to the children’s museum and a pumpkin patch. I really only took pictures of the little man who is getting so big!
My big 30th birthday bash is planned for next weekend. I’ll be sure to relay the details. It’s a Halloween masquerade, and I’m pretty excited! Our house will still be under construction, but we have understanding friends, and the construction kind of adds to the horror element of the party. 😉
While I have not completed everything on my 30 Before 30 list, I think I’m ok with leaving it slightly unfinished. Here’s the run-down of the unfinished goals (I’ve crossed out the goals I’m considering complete, even though they may not be completed the way I anticipated):
- Learn to play my djembe drum: I’m pretty bummed about this goal. I never dedicated time to finding a drum circle or class to help learn how to play. I think I will have to take this goal on to my next set of goals!
- Travel alone for one week: I would really like to travel alone sometime, but I didn’t have an opportunity this year. If I add up all the solo travels getting home from various locations this year, it probably adds up to one week. (My friend Krisitn also suggested I add up my commuting time to and from work, which would probably be equivalent to one week, too!)
Complete 101 pushups: I’ve worked through the hundred pushup training program three separate times, and the most pushups I’ve ever been able to do is 60. You know what? I feel pretty darn satisfied with 60 pushups, so I’m willing to lay this goal to rest.
- Learn to speak Spanish fluently: I’ve been practicing conversational Spanish with one of the night custodians at school, but I would really love to continue to learn the language and continue working towards becoming fluent. I’ll keep practicing!!!
Hold a snake(I’m terrified of snakes!): So…snakes. I have seen two snakes on my running path over the past two weeks. I actually contemplated trying to pick one up to meet this goal, but the sign on the path warns of rattlers and I didn’t want to risk a poisonous bite! I did actually hold a little tiny snake at school, but I don’t have a picture to prove it. I wasn’t going to count holding the little sake, but my heart was pounding so much, that I think I would have a heart attack if I tried to hold a larger snake! I’ll take this one off the list and feel satisfied with holding a little guy. Go all out for our 5-year wedding anniversary. *planned for December 2013: Ian and I originally planned to take a trip to an exotic location over Christmas this year. But, as the kitchen renovation drags on, and we realized that we have four weddings to attend the first four months of the year (two of which are out-of-town, and three of which I am in!), we realized a big trip is not financially feasible at this time. I was a little disappointed, but we have plenty of time to travel the world! Plus, I realized climbing a 14er together was a pretty cool way to celebrate five years together. We’ve had to climb some pretty big figurative mountains the past five years, so hopefully the next five will be a little more representative of the downhill side of the mountain.
I suppose it’s time to work on my next set of goals. Should that be 35 before 35 or 40 before 40? Maybe I’ll try something totally different! I think I have time to decide.